It appears Josh Barnett (Pictured) will have another opportunity to end his Strikeforce career on a winning note. Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, reported to USAToday that Barnett has one fight remaining on his deal with the promotion and they intend to have him fulfill it.
Originally, Saturday’s Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Barnett and Daniel Cormier was expected to signify the second-to-last heavyweight affair under Strikeforce’s banner. The victor was to be showcased one last time against a “top tier” 265-pounder before the organization erased the division from its rotation.
Barnett and Cormier are the only heavyweights currently on Strikeforce’s roster, as the majority of their counterparts were already transferred over to the UFC. Zuffa now has the option of recruiting outside talent to face Barnett and Cormier or crossing over two UFC athletes for one-off fights.
After “The Warmaster” got steamrolled by Cormier this weekend, it’s highly unlikely Strikeforce would arrange a rematch to complete their heavyweight run.
In any event, neither of the two will be returning to action anytime soon. Cormier is expected to undergo surgery after re-injuring the right hand that was fractured last September, while Barnett posted an X-ray of his broken left haymaker that will keep him on the pine for several weeks.
Cormier owns an unblemished 10-0 record, winning all seven of his Strikeforce scraps. Barnett was perfect through his first two bouts with the organization before losing on Saturday.